Crawford Market is one of the prominent markets of Mumbai. It is located in South Mumbai, to the north of Victoria railway station and opposite the Police headquarters. The market is called so, after the City’s Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford. Though it is now officially known as the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, it is still popular by its former name. The construction of the market building was completed in 1869. One of the main features of the building is the Clock Tower, which is adorned with beautiful Victorian carvings. Crawford Market was the main wholesale market of the former city of Bombay till 1966, when it was shifted to Navi Mumbai. The market is spread in an area of around 72000 sq yards and is famous for its architecture, which is a blend of Norman and Flemish architectural styles. The impressive frieze on the main entrance depicts Indian peasants in wheat fields. It was designed by Lockwood Kipling, father of the famous novelist Rudyard Kipling.
Apart from this, Crawford market loaded with piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, the fragrance of which can be smelled from a distance. It is also known for its meat and poultry stalls.